Reginald S. Weeks
2nd Lieutenant, Middlesex Regiment
Reginald S. Weeks lived at 37 Dalmore Road, West Dulwich and joined the war effort early on as part of the London Rifle Brigade. On Christmas Day 1914, he was serving at the front and experienced the 'quite remarkable' Christmas truce that saw a temporary peace established between the British and German lines as gifts were exchanged and games played. Reginald wrote home about the experience shortly afterwards and his account of the truce was published in the February 1915 edition of the Edward Alleyn Magazine, which can be read by clicking here. By 1916, Reginald had been granted a commission in the Middlesex Regiment and had been promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After joining his new battalion in France, his battalion was ordered to hold a key position in the British front line. It was during this time that the German Army began a fierce bombardment of the area, forcing supporting troops in the area to withdraw and leaving the trench that Reginald and his men were occupying completely obliterated. However, the trench was still an important position in the British front line, a fact well known to Reginald and 8 others who made the decision to hold their positions in a calm and sustained manner until nightfall when reinforcements finally arrived. The courage and bravery of this act later saw the Sergeant in command of the effort awarded the Victory Cross. Reginald remained on the Western Front over the next few months and in October 1916 he took part in the Battle of the Transloy Ridges as part of the larger British Somme Offensive. Unfortunately, it was during this battle that he was killed in action on October 9th 1916. His mother, Louisa M Weeks, was informed of his death shortly afterwards. Reginald is buried at Lonsdale, Authuile.